Weekly Parent Letter

January 21, 2021

The Catholic United Financial RaffleTicket Sale is underway.  Ticket packets went home yesterday in the family folders.  This is a very important fundraiser for us and your participation is essential to its success. Tickets are $5 and are fairly easy to sell.  I am offering the following incentives for the students.  The first turn in day is next Monday, Jan. 25th.  Any student who turns in a full book of tickets on Monday will receive a cross medal.  Incentive days will be each Monday through Feb. 22nd.

Our next school Mass will be Wednesday, January 27th at 10:30 am and will be led by the 3rd and 4th grades.

The calendar for Catholic School’s Week activities was sent home in yesterday’s family folder; it has also been posted on the home page of our new website.  Please look through all of the activities that we have planned.  It promises to be fun week!

We will begin our week with an All School Mass at 8:30 am on Sunday, Jan. 31.  Please make plans to attend.  Some students have chosen to take part in this Mass, if your child has chosen to take a part there will be a permission slip coming home as a reminder.  Please get that back to us as soon as possible.

Each week day during Catholic Schools’ Week we will have a “Baking with…” session at 8:30 am.  If you, or someone you know, would like to bake something or decorate something with a group students, please let us know.

On Tuesday we will be playing BINGO at 1:45 pm and would love a guest caller.  If you would like to be our celebrity of the day, please let us know!

MiniSessions are back!  We are looking for five individuals to share their unique talents with a classroom of children beginning at 1:15 on Wednesday afternoon.  MiniSessions can take on many forms.  In the past we have learned how to play cards, made “Little Dresses for Africa”, built cold frames and made tie blankets.  Please consider sharing one of your talents with one of our classrooms.  If you have any questions about the baking session or mini sessions, please feel free to contact the school.

As is our tradition, we will be holding a different collection for various charities each day of the week.  All charities enjoy receiving cash and can often do great things with this money.  However, children enjoy giving “things” which makes the giving more real for them.  On Monday we will be collecting for Birthright in Marshall.  They gladly accept maternity and baby items.  On Tuesday we will be collecting for the Homeless Shelter in Marshall.  On Wednesday we will be collecting for our Mission in San Lucas, due to shipping costs and difficulties, money is best given.  On Thursday we will be collecting for the Marshall Area Food Shelf, I recently read an article about food shelf giving.  Consider giving:  milk, butter, margarine, canned foods with pop tops, a can opener, oil, spices, tea and coffee, sugar, flour, meat, bread, eggs, cake mix, frosting and dish soap.  On Friday we will be collecting for the Sisters of Mary Morningstar in Ghent.  They are in need of:  green and yellow sponges, dish gloves, aluminum foil, dish soap, pasta, crushed or diced canned tomatoes, and salt.

I have a childhood memory that involves a song that included the words, “I will make you fishers of men if you but follow me.”  I remember loving to sing that song, but I especially loved the part where we cast our imaginary fishing poles into the imaginary water.  Sunday’s Gospel is the story from which that song sprang.  Imagine the conversation that had to have taken place in order for Simon, Andrew, James and John to drop everything and follow Jesus!

May God Bless,

Mrs. Garvey